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Is a Steam Dryer Worth it? (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Francesco Froio  |  September 09, 2015  |  5 Min. Read

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Steam is a feature of many higher end dryers these days.

Dryers with steam seem to be an option in almost every dryer brand for a premium.

The two most common questions are what does the steam do, and is it worth the extra cost?

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What is steam in a dryer and why would you want it?

There are three main steam cycles available on dryers.

One of the most common is a steam refresh cycle. This cycle adds moisture and heat to the clothes left in the dryer too long. At the end of the cycle, the dryer runs at a lower temperature to help release wrinkles.

Wrinkle release cycles are very similar except it will operate at the end of the drying cycle. This cycle adds time at the end of the cycle to add steam and periodically tumble the load after the drying cycle is completed. This cycle allows for flexibility in the timing of removing the clothes out of the dryer, without having to worry about set in wrinkles.

The other steam cycle available is just a steam option added to almost any cycle. This option is different because this will add steam during the actual drying cycle rather than just at the end like wrinkle release or as an independent cycle like steam refresh. Use this cycle to prevent wrinkling on more wrinkle prone clothes like silks.

Dryers with steam will cost more than the dryers without steam within the same brand, but really save the hassle of ironing either a huge load or a favorite shirt before a night out.

Most non-steam dryers have similar cycles, but are not as effective without steam.

Popular Steam Dryers

Electrolux EIMED55IIW

electrolux front load washer EIMED55IIW

Electrolux steam dryers range from $899 - $1,399. Their $939 model EIMED55IIW is their most popular and is fully featured.

Whirlpool WED94HEXW

whirlpool front load washer WED94HEXW

Whirlpool duet is one of the most highly rated and well known laundry sets. Their model WED94HEXW for $1,099.99 is a nice choice as well.

Frigidaire FFSE5115PW

frigidaire front load washer FASE7073NW

Frigidaire has a nice steam dryer that is part of a $1,499 laundry package at $849. Model FASE7073NW is a great low priced option.

So how about install and does it require any extra plumbing?

You do not need any extra plumbing to install a steam dryer.

The “Y” hose connection piece splits the water to flow to the dryer for steam. The extra hose then connects to the dryer, so that the rest of the install hooks up like a regular washer and dryer.

Additional Resources

Read the Yale Dryer Buyers Guide with terms, features and tips on how to buy a dryer. Well over 100,000 people have downloaded a Yale Guide.


A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

The labor rates of fixing an appliance do not come close to the true cost in any product’s warranty period.

That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Francesco Froio

Francesco Froio is the General Manager at Yale Appliance in Boston. Francesco has over 15 years of sales experience. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his wife and three boys. He also is, of course, a big Boston sports fan.

Read more about Francesco here.

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